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  • Canon VB-M42 Image 1

Canon VB-M42 20x Zoom (1280x960) PTZ Network Camera

Quick Overview

Canon VB-M42 Day and Night PTZ Network Camera, 1.3MP, 20x Optical Zoom, 30 fps H.264/M-JPEG Frame Rate, PoE

Canon's VB-M42 PTZ (Pan/Tilt/Zoom) Network Camera brings a high standard of image quality and capability to meet the demanding needs of the security marketplace. With a native 1.3 Megapixel resolution (1280 x 960) and a 20x optical zoom lens which has a Pan/Tilt mechanism that is both fast and precise, you can capture detailed images of targets - even when in motion. Those images are sent through the sophisticated Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor which results in crisp, clear video of your surveillance area. It also features exceptional low-light performance and advanced, customizable image quality controls and settings which make the VB-M42 very effective in some of the most challenging installation locations.

The VB-M42's powerful DIGIC Net II Processor allows simultaneous streaming of M-JPEG and H.264 codecs in multiple resolutions (720p and 4:3 category video sizes) to meet various end-user needs. The range of on-board video analytics and functions with which the VB-M42 PTZ Network Camera is equipped makes it very adaptable to specific monitoring needs. Maximum interoperability with other 3rd party ONVIF Profile S recording systems is ensured thanks to it being ONVIF 2.4 / Profile S conformant. Further, a built-in SD card slot and various power options all combine to help ensure that this camera will meet or exceed your many demands for network security, feature performance, installation versatility and economy in use.


  • 20x Optical Zoom with Fast and Precise Pan/Tilt Mechanism
  • 1.3 Megapixel (Native 1280 x 960 Resolution)
  • Advanced DIGIC DV III Image Processor Helps Maximize Image Quality and Minimize Power Consumption
  • Superb Low Light Performance
  • Smart Shade Control and Auto Gain Control Limit
  • Custom Video Settings
  • Powerful DIGIC NET II Processor Allows Simultaneous Streaming of M-JPEG and H.264 Codecs in Multiple Resolutions
  • On-Board Video Analytics and Versatile Functions
  • Multiple Networking Functions
  • ONVIF 2.2 / Profile S Conformant
  • Built-in SD Card Slot with Enhanced SD Card Functionality
  • Various Power Options (12 VDC, 24 VAC and PoE IEEE 802.3af)

  • Applications:

  • Auditoriums
  • Plazas and Lobbies
  • Financial Institutions
  • Security 
  • Surveillance
  • Specifications

    Image Sensor

    1/3 type CMOS (primary color filter)

    Number Of Effective Pixels

    Approx. 1.3 million pixels

    Analog Video Resolution


    Aanalog Video Standard


    Analog S/N Ratio


    Scanning Method

    Progressive Scan


    20x optical (12x digital) zoom lens with auto focus

    Focal Length

    4.7 (W) - 94mm (T)


    F1.6 (W) - F3.5 (T)

    Horizontal Viewing Angle (16:9)

    60.4° (W) - 3.2° (T)

    Vertical Viewing Angle (16:9)

    35.1° (W) - 1.8° (T)

    Day/Night Mode


    I/R Cut Filter


    Min. Subject Illumination - Day (Color)

    0.4 lux (F1.6, shutter speed 1/30 sec., smart shade control is off , 50IRE)
    0.03 lux (F1.6, shutter speed 1/2 sec., smart shade control is off , 50IRE)
    0.01 lux (F1.6, shutter speed 1/2 sec., smart shade control is on, 50IRE)

    Min. Subject Illumination - Night (Monochrome)

    0.02 lux (F1.6, shutter speed 1/30 sec., smart shade control is off , 50IRE)
    0.002 lux (F1.6, shutter speed 1/2 sec., smart shade control is off , 50IRE)
    0.001 lux (F1.6, shutter speed 1/2 sec., smart shade control is on, 50IRE)

    Focus Modes

    Auto/One-shot AF/Manual/Fixed at infinity

    Shooting Distance

    Day Mode: 0.3m (12 in.) - infinity (W), 1.0m (3.3 ft.) - infinity (T)
    Night Mode: 1.0m (3.3 ft.) - infinity (W), 1.5m (4.9 ft.) - infinity (T)

    Shutter Speed

    1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, 1/8000, 1/10000, 1/16000 sec.

    Exposure Modes

    Auto/Auto (Flickerless)/Auto (Shutter-priority AE)/Auto (Aperture-priority AE)/Manual (Shutter Speed, Aperture, Gain)

    White Balance

    Auto/Light Source/Manual
    Light Source: Daylight Fluorescent/White Fluorescent/Warm Fluorescent/Mercury Lamp/Sodium Lamp/Halogen Lamp
    Manual: One-shot WB/R Gain/B Gain

    Metering Mode


    Exposure Compensation

    9 levels

    Smart Shade Control

    Auto: 3 levels
    Manual: 7 levels

    AGC Limit

    5 levels

    Image Stabilizer

    Digital (2 levels)

    Pan Angle Range

    340° (±170°)

    Tilt Angle Range

     100° (ceiling-mounted position: -90° – +10°)

    Rotation Angle Range


    Moving Speed

    Pan: Max. 150°/sec., Tilt: Max. 150°/sec.

    Video Compression Method

    JPEG, H.264

    Video Size

    JPEG, H.264: 1280 x 720, 640 x 360, 320 x 180, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480, 320 x 240

    Video Quality

    JPEG, H.264: 5 levels

    Frame Rate

    JPEG: 0.1 – 30 fps
    H.264: 1/2/3/5/6/10/15/30 fps

    Maximum Frame Rate

    1280 x 960 : 30fps

    I-Frame Interval

    0.5/1/1.5/2/3/4/5 sec.
    Simultanious Client Access

    Max. 30 Clients + 1 Admin Client
    – H.264: Max. 10 Clients


    Administrator, Authorized user, Guest user Max. 50 user names and passwords registered for authorized users


    User authority (user name and password), Host Access Restrictions (IPv4, IPv6)


    SSL/TLS, IPsec (Auto Key Exchange/Manual)

    IEEE 802.1X


    ONVIF Version

    ONVIF Ver. 2.4 / Profile S

    IPv4 Protocol

    TCP/IP, UDP, HTTP, FTP, SNMPv1/v2c/v3 (MIB2), DHCP, DNS, AutoIP, mDNS, ARP, ICMP, POP3, NTP, SMTP, RTP/RTCP, RTSP, SSL/TLS, IPsec, ONVIF, WV-HTTP (Canon proprietary)

    IPv6 Protocol

    TCP/IP, UDP, HTTP, FTP, SNMPv1/v2c/v3 (MIB2), DHCP, DNS, AutoIP, mDNS, ARP, ICMP, POP3, NTP, SMTP, RTP/RTCP, RTSP, SSL/TLS, IPsec, ONVIF, WV-HTTP (Canon proprietary)

    Auto IP (Link-Local)


    Audio Compression Method

    G.711 μ-law (64 kbps)

    Audio Communication Method

    Full-duplex (two-way) – Echo cancellation function compliant

    Audio File Playback

    Available (audio files can be played back when an event is triggered by the intelligent function or external device input)

    Privacy Mask

    Number of registration: Max. 8 places, Number of mask colors: 1 (select from 9 colours)

    View Restrictions



    Max. 20 positions

    Intelligent Function - Video

    Moving Object Detection, Abandoned Object Detection, Removed Object Detection, Camera Tampering Detection, Passing Detection, and Intrusion Detection

    Intelligent Function - Detection Settings

    Max. 15

    Intelligent Function - Volume

    Volume Detection

    Event Trigger Type

    External Device Input, Intelligent Function (Video), Intelligent Function (Audio), Timer, Day/Night Switch 

    Image Upload

    FTP/HTTP/SMTP (e-mail)
    Temporary storage memory in camera: Max. approx.
    5 MB Frame Rate: Max. 10 fps (JPEG)
    Max. 30 fps (H.264)

    Event Notification

    HTTP/SMTP (e-mail)

    On-Screen Display


    Image Cropping Function N/A
    Daylight Saving Time


    Custom Settings

    Number of Registers: 4
    Items to Register: Pan/Tilt/Zoom, Exposure, Smart Shade Control, Focus, White Balance, Image Quality Adjustment, Day/Night

    Network Terminal

    LAN x 1 (RJ45, 100Base-TX (auto/full-duplex/half-duplex))

    Audio Input Terminal Φ3.5mm (Φ0.14 in.) mini-jack connector (monaural) Switch LINE IN/MIC IN in the setting page.
    LINE IN x 1 (connect to an amplifier microphone) or MIC IN x 1 (connect to a microphone w/o amplifier)
    Audio Output Terminal

    Φ3.5mm (Φ0.14 in.) mini-jack connector (monaural)
    LINE OUT x 1 (connect to an amplifier speaker)

    External Device I/O Terminal

    Input x 2, Output x 2

    Analog Video Out

    Memory Card

    SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card Compatible. 
    Frame Rate: Max. 1 fps (JPEG), Max. 30fps (H.264)


    Temperature: -10°C - +50°C (+14°F - +122°F)


    Humidity: 5% - 85% (without condensation)


    PoE power supply via LAN connector (IEEE802.3af compliant)

    AC Adapter

    PA-V17 or PA-V18(100 - 240 V AC) (sold separately)

    External Power Source

    24 V AC/12 V DC

    WITH PoE

    Max. approx. 9.2 W

    With AC Adapter

    PA-V17: Max. approx. 10.7W (100 VAC)
    PA-V17: Max. approx. 10.0W (240 VAC)
    PA-V18 Max. approx. 9.9W (100 VAC)
    PA-V18: Max. approx. 9.4W (240 VAC)

    With 12VDC

    Max. approx. 8.6 W

    With 24VAC

    Max. approx. 8.8 W


    (Φ x H) Φ132 x 155mm (Φ5.20 x 6.10 in.)

    Mounting Position





    Approx. 1140 g (2.514 lb.)

    Outdoor Ready


    IP Rating


    Vandal Resistant


    Impact Resistance


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